Our community believes the world can be changed through personal actions by individuals and groups alike. We strive to live out that belief through community, day-to-day hospitality, newsletter-writing, and some old-fashioned protesting.
The Catholic Worker movement started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933 in New York. The Casa Maria Catholic Worker House on 21st Street was started by Annette and Michael Cullen in 1966, after moving from the original location on Milwaukee's South Side.
The community has never sought to receive government support for our work and do not want to risk becoming a social agency for fear that it would interfere with our ministry.
Recently our ministry focuses on opening our home to women and children in need of short-term housing, refugees & asylum seekers, and families with longer-term needs.
Additionally, we provide food, clothing, and used furniture to guests. We continue to participate in protests and other social justice campaigns that contribute to the well-being of society, as well as experimenting in urban gardening.
Ultimately, we are striving to create a society in which it is easier for people to be good and we trust in divine providence to provide the means for us to continue our work towards a more functional and caring society.
Please enjoy these links featuring Casa Maria's regular volunteers:
Click here to read Lincoln Rice's article 'Safer at Home' Preserves Impoverished Black Families: A Critique of Milwaukee Child Protective Services which discusses how Casa Maria first got involved in the child welfare system.
And while you are at it, click here to buy a copy of Lincoln's newest book, The Forgotten Radical: Peter Maurin … or his book, Healing the Racial Divide: A Catholic Radical Justice Framework about the founder of the first Catholic Worker in Chicago.
Don Timmerman has a book out too called Midwife of Grace. It is about his missionary work in Tanzania, East Africa and the early years of his work at Casa Maria. Feel free to purchase a copy by clicking here or urge your local library to buy one. And here is a great Gospel reflection written by Don.